Yesterday at the Readings gig, I met a woman named Syahidah Ishak, who spoke to the assembled guests there about the difficulties she has had in getting treatment for a brain tumour (diagnosed almost a year ago), and the need she has to raise funds to have surgery to remove it in the US.
I fidgeted through the first few minutes, and I don't really want to expound too many gory details here (the links below can do that for you). Suffice to say: her situation is pretty horrible, getting worse, and she is not receiving much help from people, and worse, is being stigmatised in many ways.
I guess it comes down to this, summarily: as someone who was messed around pretty badly by a medical/health system myself, my heart went out to Syahidah, and I decided to try helping her in some small way, (other than buying one of her awesome cat badges "REAL MEN LOVE CATS"... c'mon how could I not go for that, fantastic!)
So, yep, as it indicates in Yvonnes blog there, I'm donating any and all money on the sales of my CD on this tour to Syahidah, in Singapore, Malaysia and Borneo, and back in Sydney. (which will include retroactively those already sold in Singapore and Perth -at the exchange rate they were sold into Malaysian Ringots), it's not much... but it's something I can do, and maybe it'll inspire some people to do more. As I said to the audience yesterday, your applause in nice, but what I need though, is your help.
Besides that/on that note, you'll find a link on her blog, and that of her friend Yvonne Foong (above) on how you can donate directly to her.
So please come along to the show/s, have a funky-good time, laugh in all the right spots, buy my filthy Product and help me help Syahidah.